Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases / Edition 2

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Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases, Second Edition, explores the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of key bioethical issues. Opening with a thorough introduction to ethics, bioethics, and moral reasoning, it then covers influential moral theories and the criteria for evaluating them. Integrating eighty-five readings--thirteen of them new to this edition--numerous cases, and abundant pedagogical tools, the book addresses the most provocative and controversial topics in bioethics.

Updated throughout, the second edition incorporates new information on justice, health care, and health insurance reform along with more coverage of issues related to race and culture and of the moral challenges facing nurses and other health care professionals. It also offers additional step-by-step guidance on how to identify and evaluate moral arguments in real-world contexts, with accompanying exercises and answers in an appendix.


* "Classic Case Files" describe landmark cases that shaped the debate, while news-making "Cases for Evaluation" encourage students to form their own opinions

* Various text boxes: "In Depth" boxes contain additional material, illustrations, or analyses, much of it "ripped from the headlines"; "Fact File" boxes provide statistics on the social, medical, and scientific facets of a chapter's topic; and "Legal Brief" boxes summarize important court rulings and the status of major legislation

* "Key Terms" are boldfaced and boxed off within the text and then defined in a glossary at the back of the book

* "Applying Major Theories" sections at the end of each chapter help students relate theories to the issues

* Unique Support Package:
An Instructor's Manual and Testbank on CD features reading summaries, essay questions, key terms, sample syllabi, and numerous test questions

* A Companion Website at contains Powerpoint lecture outlines, reading summaries, student self-test questions, flashcards, and helpful web links

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: E. Ann Jeschke, BSLA, MTS (Saint Louis University)
Description: This second edition bioethics textbook is a valuable pedagogical tool for new students to the field. The book provides information on the main bioethics controversies. The initial two chapters also provide a helpful overview of the major forms of moral reasoning, moral theories, and critical thinking used in bioethics.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an in-depth understanding of the medical, social, scientific, and legal aspects of the most salient issues in bioethics. By including a new set of readings in this updated, second edition, the author seeks to place greater emphasis on concerns affecting a broader swath of healthcare professions.
Audience: It is intended for use as a standard introductory textbook in the bioethics classroom. Although it is an introduction to the concepts of bioethics, it also serves as an excellent resource for advanced students looking for a consolidated reference. However, the book is quite theoretical in nature, and health professionals who are less versed in abstract debates and more experienced in the daily aspects of healthcare delivery may find it difficult to read and apply the concepts.
Features: An overview of basic concepts in moral philosophy begins the book before it delves into specific controversies that emerge in the field of bioethics: paternalism and patient autonomy, truth-telling and confidentiality, informed consent, human research, abortion, reproductive technology, genetic choices, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, and dividing healthcare resources. Each chapter includes a general overview of a specific topic as well as previously published articles highlighting different sides of the debate. To assist teachers of bioethics, the book includes extensive ancillary information on each of the nine topics, including additional reading, a list of key terms, and a variety of illustrations that help elucidate concepts.
Assessment: This book is very helpful for beginning students in bioethics, as it covers an enormous amount of intellectual territory and it offers excellent supporting materials.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199796236
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 130,523
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of several books, including Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life (2012), Contemporary Moral Arguments, Second Edition (2012), The Power of Critical Thinking, Fourth Edition (2012), and Great Philosophical Arguments (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.

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Table of Contents

*=New to this edition
Chapters 3-10 include an "Applying Major Theories" section.
Chapters 3-11 include Cases for Evaluation.
Each chapter includes Key Terms, a Summary, Further Reading, and Notes.
Ethics and Bioethics
Ethics and the Moral Life
In Depth: Morality and the Law
Moral Principles in Bioethics
Ethical Relativism
In Depth: Anthropology and Moral Diversity
Ethics and Religion
Moral Arguments
Argument Fundamentals
Patterns of Moral Arguments
Review: Valid and Invalid Argument Forms
In Depth: Fallacies in Moral Reasoning
Evaluating Premises
* Assessing Whole Arguments
The Nature of Moral Theories
Influential Moral Theories
In Depth: Utilitarianism and the Golden Rule
Kantian Ethics
Natural Law Theory
Rawls' Contract Theory
Virtue Ethics
The Ethics of Care
In Depth: Can Virtue Be Taught?
Feminist Ethics
Criteria for Judging Moral Theories
Review: Evaluating Moral Theories: Criteria of Adequacy
Applying the Criteria
Kant's Theory
* "Utilitarianism," John Stuart Mill
* "The Moral Law," Immanuel Kant
* "Virtue and the Moral Life," Bernard Mayo
* "The Ethics of Care," Virginia Held
Shades of Autonomy and Paternalism
Refusing Treatment
In Depth: The Hippocratic Oath
Futile Treatment
Legal Brief: Refusing Treatment for Children on Religious Grounds
In Depth: CPR and DNR
* In Depth: Moral Conflicts in Nursing
Classic Case File: Elizabeth Bouvia
"Paternalism," Gerald Dworkin
"The Refutation of Medical Paternalism," Alan Goldman
"Why Doctors Should Intervene," Terrence F. Ackerman
"Autonomy, Futility, and the Limits of Medicine," Robert L. Schwartz
Bouvia v. Superior Court, California Court of Appeals
"Fundamental Elements of the Patient-Physician Relationship," AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
"Code of Ethics for Nurses," American Nurses Association
*"In Defense of the Traditional Nurse," Lisa H. Newton
*"Advocacy or Subservience for the Sake of Patients?" Helga Kuhse
Paternalism and Deception
In Depth: Do Patients Want the Truth? Do Physicians Tell It?
Confidential Truths
Legal Brief: Confidentiality and a Duty to Warn
Classic Case File: Carlos R.
"Telling the Truth to Patients: A Clinical Ethics Exploration," David C. Thomasma
"On Telling Patients the Truth," Mack Lipkin
"On a Supposed Right to Lie from Altruistic Motives," Immanuel Kant
"Respect for Patients, Physicians, and the Truth," Susan Cullen and Margaret Klein
"Why Privacy Is Important," James Rachels
"Confidentiality in Medicine--A Decrepit Concept," Mark Siegler
*"Ethical Relativism in a Multicultural Society," Ruth Macklin
Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California, Supreme Court of California
Autonomy and Consent
Conditions of Informed Consent
In Depth: Two Views of Informed Consent
Legal Brief: Important Informed Consent Cases
Classic Case File: Jerry Canterbury
"The Concept of Informed Consent," Ruth R. Faden and Tom L. Beauchamp
"Informed Consent--Must It Remain a Fairy Tale?" Jay Katz
"Transparency: Informed Consent in Primary Care," Howard Brody
"Informed Consent: Some Challenges to the Universal Validity of the Western Model," Robert J. Levine
Canterbury v. Spence, United States Court of Appeals
The Science of Clinical Trials
In Depth: The Tuskegee Tragedy
Beneficence, Science, and Placebos
Science and Informed Consent
In Depth: Women in Clinical Trials
Research on the Vulnerable
In Depth: Why Enter a Clinical Trial?
Classic Case File: The UCLA Schizophrenia Study
The Nuremberg Code
Declaration of Helsinki: Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects, World Medical Association
"The Belmont Report," The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research
"Final Report: Human Radiation Experiments," Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments
"Of Mice but Not Men: Problems of the Randomized Clinical Trial," Samuel Hellman and Deborah S. Hellman
"A Response to a Purported Ethical Difficulty with Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Cancer Patients," Benjamin Freedman
"How to Resolve an Ethical Dilemma Concerning Randomized Clinical Trials," Don Marquis
* "Racism and Research: The Case of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study," Allan M. Brandt
"The Ethics of Clinical Research in the Third World," Marcia Angell
"Ethical Issues in Clinical Trials in Developing Countries," Baruch Brody
Starting Point: The Basics
Fact File: U.S. Abortions
In Depth: Abortion and Public Opinion
The Legal Struggle
In Depth: Late-Term Abortion
Persons and Rights
Classic Case File: Nancy Klein
"A Defense of Abortion," Judith Jarvis Thomson
"Why Abortion Is Immoral," Don Marquis
"An Almost Absolute Value in History," John T. Noonan, Jr.
"On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion," Mary Anne Warren
"Abortion Decisions: Personal Morality," Daniel Callahan
"Abortion and the Concept of a Person," Jane English
"In Defense of Abortion and Infanticide," Michael Tooley
"Abortion Through a Feminist Ethic Lens," Susan Sherwin
Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, U.S. Supreme Court
In Vitro Fertilization
Fact File: Assisted Reproduction
In Depth: IVF and Children's Future Children
In Depth: Cloning Time Line
Classic Case File: Baby M
"IVF: The Simple Case," Peter Singer
"IVF and Women's Interests: An Analysis of Feminist Concerns," Mary Anne Warren
"'Give Me Children or I Shall Die!' New Reproductive Technologies and Harm to Children," Cynthia B. Cohen
"Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation," Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
* "The Presumptive Primacy of Procreative Liberty," John A. Robertson
"Surrogate Mothering: Exploitation or Empowerment?," Laura M. Purdy
"On 'Surrogacy,'" Barbara Katz Rothman
* Is Women's Labor a Commodity?," Elizabeth S. Anderson
"The Wisdom of Repugnance," Leon R. Kass
"Cloning Human Beings: An Assessment of the Ethical Issues Pro and Con," Dan W. Brock
Opinion in the Matter of Baby M, New Jersey Supreme Court
Genes and Genomes
Genetic Testing
In Depth: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests
Gene Therapy
Fact File: Genetic Tests
Stem Cells
In Depth: Recent Research in Gene Therapy
Classic Case File: The Kingsburys
"Implications of Prenatal Diagnosis for the Human Right to Life," Leon R. Kass
"Genetics and Reproductive Risk: Can Having Children Be Immoral?," Laura M. Purdy
"The Morality of Screening for Disability," Jeff McMahan
* Genetic Dilemmas and the Child's Right to an Open Future," Dena S. Davis
"Disowning Knowledge: Issues in Genetic Testing," Robert Wachbroit
"The Non-Identity Problem and Genetic Harms--The Case of Wrongful Handicaps," Dan W. Brock
"Is Gene Therapy a Form of Eugenics?," John Harris
"Genetic Enhancement," Walter Glannon
"Germ-Line Gene Therapy," LeRoy Walters and Julie Gage Palmer
"What Does 'Respect for Embryos' Mean in the Context of Stem Cell Research?," Bonnie Steinbock
"Declaration on the Production and the Scientific and Therapeutic Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells," Pontifical Academy for Life
Deciding Life and Death
Legal Brief: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Major Developments
In Depth: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: What Doctors Think and Do
Autonomy, Mercy, and Harm
In Depth: Oregon's Death With Dignity Act
In Depth: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Opinion
Classic Case File: Nancy Cruzan
*"Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making," Timothy E. Quill
"Voluntary Active Euthanasia," Dan W. Brock
"When Self-Determination Runs Amok," Daniel Callahan
"When Abstract Moralizing Runs Amok," John Lachs
"Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Tragic View," John D. Arras
"Active and Passive Euthanasia," James Rachels
"The Distinction Between Refusing Medical Treatment and Suicide," New York State Task Force on Life and the Law
"The Philosophers' Brief," Ronald Dworkin, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, Thomas Scanlon, and Judith Jarvis Thomson
Vacco v. Quill, U.S. Supreme Court
Washington v. Glucksberg, U.S. Supreme Court
Health Care in Trouble
In Depth: Unequal Health Care for Minorities
Fact File: U.S. Health Care
Theories of Justice
In Depth: Public Opinion: Obtaining Adequate Heath Care
A Right to Health Care
The Ethics of Rationing
Classic Case File: Christine deMeurers
"Is There a Right to Health Care and, if So, What Does It Encompass?," Norman Daniels
"The Right to a Decent Minimum of Health Care," Allen E. Buchanan
"Rights to Health Care, Social Justice, and Fairness in Health Care Allocations: Frustrations in the Face of Finitude," H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.
* Health Care Reform: Lessons from Canada," Raisa Berlin Debar
"Rationing Fairly: Programmatic Considerations," Norman Daniels
"The Allocation of Exotic Medical Lifesaving Therapy," Nicholas Rescher
"QALYfying the Value of Life," John Harris

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